YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – Upwards of 10,000 people could make their way into downtown Youngstown on Saturday as two of the city’s biggest annual events will take place on the same day.
The music and art festival Federal Frenzy will be held for the fifth time along Federal Street, while three blocks away at the Covelli Centre, the Men’s Rally in the Valley will be ending just around the time the festival begins.
Rehearsals and sound checks took place Friday afternoon to prepare for the rally, which is now in its 10th year.
It’s a faith-based event that focuses on making men better husbands and fathers.
Former football player Michael Vick is the featured speaker. He starts at 9:30 a.m.
Vick spent 21 months in prison for his involvement in a dog fighting ring, and local animal rights activists have said they oppose Vick speaking.
But, the Reverend Gary Frost, one of the rally’s organizers, has a different way of looking at Vick.
“But you know, Michael Vick really represents something for Christian men particularly and that’s forgiveness. Not only has he been forgiven through the blood of Jesus Christ, he did his time. He did two years in prison, he lost maybe $15 million or so, humiliated, disgraced and now he’s trying to get a new start,” Rev. Frost said.
The Men’s Rally in the Valley begins at 8:45 a.m.
Youngstown Mayor Tito Brown will give the opening prayer.
The last event, a Mark Shultz concert will start at 2:45 p.m.